"The small poems ...slowly build up to a much larger narrative; a narrative of time and memory, of thinking and looking and being in the world, a kind of history that is happening on the sidelines." - Fiona Wright "Sceptical as I am about anti-poetry, of which there is a lot around and which can assume many different forms, the fully formed poems are not the only writing I can value in a book like this. There is too much wit, absurdity, and sheer verbal craft to be ignored." - Peter Riley
Laurie Duggan (b. 1949) was born in Melbourne and has lived in Sydney and Brisbane. He has published numerous books of poems including The Ash Range (since republished by Shearsman - see link above), which won the Victorian Premier's New Writing Award; The Epigrams of Martial, winner of the Wesley Michael Wright Prize; Mangroves, selected as The Age Poetry Book of the Year in 2003, and winner of the 2004 ASAL Gold Medal; and Compared to What: Selected Poems 1971 - 2003, (see link above). His cultural history Ghost Nation: Imagined Space and Australian Visual Culture, 1901 - 1939, was published by University of Queensland Press in 2001. He was poetry editor of Meanjin from 1994 to 1997. In the first years of the current century, he was a Senior Lecturer/ Writer-in-Residence in the School of Arts, Media and Culture at Griffith University in Brisbane and an Honorary Research Advisor in the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland, but moved home in the summer of 2006 to south-east England. Allotments is his fifth publication with Shearsman Books.
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